Light coupling mechanism of quantum grid infrared photodetectors

J. Mao, Amlan Majumdar, K. K. Choi, D. C. Tsui, K. M. Leung, C. H. Lin, T. Tamir, G. A. Vawter

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    Rigorous electromagnetic modeling based on a modal solution of the pertinent boundary-value problem was performed to study the light coupling mechanism in quantum grid infrared photodetectors with lamellar patterns. Our theory shows that vertical field component and absorption quantum efficiency η can be strongly enhanced by judiciously adjusting the width w of individual grid lines. This enhancement is further increased if the top of the grid lines is covered by metal, which behave as a collection of dipole scatterers. We have experimentally verified the dipole scattering characteristics with different w, and found that the variation of η agrees very well with the theory. We also found that, as expected, the conductivity of the metal strips affects η significantly due to internal dissipation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)868-870
    Number of pages3
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Feb 4 2002

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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